If there is one thing I love to do while traveling, it is find new places to eat.  I love to explore the local eateries that aren’t available in my area, the local hidden treasures.  Our first stop was The Tea Bayou in Bowling Green, Kentucky.   Located in historic downtown Bowling Green on the town square,  this was the last place I expected to find an authentic Cajun restaurant.  Owner Greg Shea was born and raised in New Orleans, but fell in love with the atmosphere in Bowling Green. In 2011 he opened his restaurant, serving their best New Orleans recipes, including an amazing shrimp Po’Boy.
Tea Bayou
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Want to get fit in Chattanooga?

by Pam on September 22, 2014

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias.

The older I get the more I learn the importance of making Healthy Choices.  Recently I decided to rework my health goals.  I made a commitment to drink more water, exercise more often and take better care of my skin.  The only problem I have with my new found wellness ideas is learning how to keep myself motivated.  I mean, how much easier is it to skip exercising when I am busy?  I needed something to give me the metaphorical kick in the pants.  When talking to a friend recently she told me, “I love the Balance Rewards App from Walgreens. You get rewarded for healthy choices. It’s easy to get 5000 Balance Reward points.” Um, what? 5000 points equals five bucks I can spend in the store.  I couldn’t believe it! I could get healthy and save money? That’s a winning combination to me!
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Super Storage with Brylane Home +Giveaway

by Pam on September 21, 2014

I’ve been working on improving my food photos. Not only is it a challenge to work with the camera, I knew I needed some cute background props, like tablecloths, napkins, and dishcloths. Whenever I stopped by a thrift store, if I found something cute, I would pick it up and bring it home.  I designated the closet in our office as my “blog closet.” Unfortunately, I have a lot of things stored in my blog closet besides my props.  There’s keepsakes the kids outgrew I can’t bear to part with, craft supplies and some Christmas presents I have stored to give this year. I had everything stored in boxes, but when I needed something I had to move boxes to find anything.  I’m sure you are wondering, “Why didn’t she just keep the background props in the kitchen?”  It’s because I wanted to keep them separate from our regular kitchen items to prevent stains.  We’re quick to grab towels and dishcloths to wipe up spills.  When I was offered a chance to be a part of the Brylane Home Storage event,  it was an answer to my prayers.
Brylane Home Storage Wardrobe

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Hampton Inn and Suites, Hopkinsville

by Pam on September 20, 2014

After an exciting day of sightseeing, I look forward to an evening of  relaxing when I reach the hotel.  If I get a little pampering in the process, that’s a-ok.  When we reached the Hampton Inn and Suites in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the first thing I noticed was the free  coffee and tea bar provided for the guests around the clock.  Did I mention homemade cookies were available as well? Conveniently located 4 miles from the Cherokee Trail of Tears park and six miles from the Breaker Aquatic Park, the hotel is close enough to be near the action,  but far enough to be away from the noisy hustle and bustle.  The clerk  told me about the amenities, which included free wifi (Score!) and a free continental breakfast the next morning.
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Casual Family Dining at Randy’s Restaurant

by Pam on September 19, 2014

I’ve driven by Randy’s Restaurant in Trenton, Georgia numerous times over the years, but never stopped. Friends had told me I needed to try it, but I was always either rushing to a family reunion in another state or driving home, stuffed to the gills, when I passed by. Last Friday, when dropping off one of the kids to work at the county fair, I told Bryan, “I have a certificate from Restaurant.com and we are going to have a nice quiet dinner at Randy’s Restaurant.”  The first thing I noticed was the sign outside the restaurant reading “home of the 48 ounce burger.” If you eat one of these in 30 minutes, it’s free and you get a t-shirt and picture on the wall.  I knew this wasn’t going to be happening so I requested a menu.

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The Day Rio Became a Bat!

September 18, 2014

Halloween- and the accompanying dressing up–was always a favorite with my kids.  As they got older, they still enjoyed dressing up and handing out candy.  They didn’t want the fun too stop with themselves though and asked if we could dress up Sassie, who was an only cat at the time. We found a small [...]

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Marshmallow Popcorn Bars Recipe -Gluten Free

September 17, 2014

One of the easiest ways I know to spend family time, especially when everyone is tired from a long day, is to have a television night. We all pick one movie or television program we enjoy and add it to our list of “to be watched” items. Sometimes we will pick a series on Netflix [...]

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